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Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black sand beach)

Well the sand it not completey black, except for in one spot, but it is mixed in colors. Makes it look almost dirty.

Large amounts of tourmeline and ilmenite from Gunung Raya cause the darkness in the sand.  It is common to find granite in mountains but it is only in Langkawi the sand turns black (so they say at the sign..) Funny part is ilmenite is normally very white and used in toilet papers, paint and plastics. There is also Ilmenite on the moon…

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According to the legend the black sand is an outcome of the civil war that took place here between the Land kingdom and the Underwater world. Of course love was involved. A mermaid princess fell in love with a land prince and they ran away together.

Underwater world has so much more troops but Land kingdom had one wise man to help them win the war. They gathered all the wood they could and started a lot of bonfires on the beach. This was percieved as toursands of torches from the Underwater world and they ran away. The burnt up torches colored the beach black.

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The beach in itself is one of the least visited in Langkawi. People don´t come here to swim, they come to write in the sand and read about the legend. The beach is pretty small especially during high water. There is plenty of trees here too if you prefer the shadow.

By the stairs there is bazars and restaurants.Please do not buy the sand they sell in the bazaars. If everybody did that  the beach will be gone very soon… :(Asiatour Langkawi Black sand beach 006

The sand is mixed in colours and is not expremely powdery. The beach is small.

Directions: Drive towards Craft Complex


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